5 Books That Influenced Mini Me
As a child, I was an avid reader. Far more than now due to the lack of social media, other hobbies and homework. I was going through my borrowing history at the library, reminiscing on my favorites with some friends, and I was thinking about how these all the books made me the person I am today. I like that thought. That I am made up of all these characters and stories that only exist on paper and in our heads. That I share these parts of myself with people like you, who experience the same thing. Some people say this is like having your soul scattered throughout the pages, but to me I think it’s more like I’m stealing and hoarding things from the pages. Anyway, food for thought. Here are the 5 (well actually theres 6, I’m indecisive) books that influenced me most.
– Rainbow Magic
So I may not have been a stereotypical Disney-loving-princess-wannabe child, but I loved the series ‘Rainbow Magic’ by Daisy Meadows. These books follow two 10 year old girls as they help fairies with their errands, and occasionally to defeat the evil goblins from the ice kingdom. These stories get remarkably repetitive after the first 20, but that didn’t worry 6 year old me. These were the first books I really loved, and I would race through them before returning to the library for another stack. I think, being as young as I was, it was really important for my literacy skills to have this obsession. Without it, I don’t think I would have found it so easy, and furthermore enjoyable to read later on. This is what I would call the beginning of my journey as a reader
– Septimius Heap
The Septimius Heap series, by Annie Sage, was the first fantasy series I read, and sparked my love of the genre. I don’t remember the plot, it was just your average fantasy adventure novel, but the way it described magic and dragons and the like hooked my 8 year old imagination from the start. Looking back, it wasn’t particularly amazing, but I loved it.
Me embracing my love of fantasy
– Skulduggery Pleasant
It’s funny because something this series reminds me of is the stupid way books, especially children’s books, are gendered. I remember being shocked to find there were two separate recommendation lists for girls and for boys in the library. The boys list was far more interesting (it included Skulduggery Pleasant which I think is odd, it’s not gendered at all). I then found I had read far more of the ‘boys’ books, and proceeded to completely ignore gender based recommendations and turn lists from “great books for boys”, into “great books”
Most relatable character
Anyway back to the actual series I’m talking about here. Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy was another series I absorbed in a flash. The protagonists Valkyrie Cairn, and Skulduggery Pleasant (aliases obviously), were witty and sarcastic and recklessly daring and everything I wanted to be. I was about 10 when I read this and honestly I think everyone should read it at that age.
– Artemis Fowl and Ruby Redfort
I’m going to combine these because they influenced me in the same way, and I couldn’t choose between them. Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer and Ruby Redfort, by Lauren Child, featured young protagonists, as they outsmarted adults and proved themselves to people who underestimated them. They differed slightly in that (I’ll refrain from ranting again), one’s aimed at boys and the other at girls. Ugh. Also Ruby is a cool spy/secret agent and Artemis is a criminal mastermind, the type Ruby would fight against, but they gave me the same message. Age does not always equal wisdom, and that sometimes the rules need to be broken. The independence the characters showed was inspiring to my developing brain, and gave me confidence in my own abilities. (Maybe a bit too much confidence. I was more of a know-it-all than Hermione)
– Percy Jackson
Okay here it is. You must have known it was coming. If you didn’t you don’t know me at all. Percy Jackson, by Rick Riordan, is my all time favorite series. I’m now completely obsessed with greek (and all) mythology, and own all of his books (I’m still buying and reading them now). He has had a huge influence on my writing style, and I’m pretty sure my personality is at least 40% Annabeth Chase (also my first fictional crush). This was also my first fandom and the topic of my now abandoned fan account, which I looked at recently btw; embarrassing, but cute. Without reading this, I think I’d be a completely different person. The diversity in his books was (disappointingly) the first I’d encountered, and with the positive way the characters reacted to LGBTQI characters coming out, and religious differences, made me think there was no other way to react (there shouldn’t be, but I now know that unfortunately the world is nowhere near as perfect as the Percy Jackson universe) I could list reasons why I love this series forever, but I’ll move on or I’ll never finish.
Me whenever percy jackson is mentioned
P.S. You may have noticed Harry Potter isn’t on this list. While I do love it, and it’s a favorite, I don’t feel that it influenced me as much as these books did.